Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What you need to know

1: it evaluates the quality of schools

2: it reports on the progress made by schools

3: it supports schools that need help reaching success

The Illinois School Report Card shows the progress of schools on an array of metrics. Find data on your school here.

What’s New

Join us LIVE in Sandoval, IL for a conversation on #ESSA supports & interventions #equity See MoreSee Less

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Real Learning for Real Life was live. See MoreSee Less

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This program has been super successful at Denver Public Schools. Make sure you register for this webinar happening Thursday 12/7!

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How can we strengthen the relationships between teachers & parents?

Join us & Achieve this Thursday, Dec. 7th at 9:00am to find out about an opportunity to bring a Parent Teacher Home Visit Program …

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Schools are going to be focused on #growth when measuring students’ achievement this year. Find out what this term means. More education & #ESSA vocab at reallearningil.org/essa-glossary/ See MoreSee Less

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  • ESSA Glossary Graphics
    Check out our infographics on key ESSA terms such as growth, proficiency, learning standards and assessments 
  • FAQ
    Learn more about what Illinois’ ESSA plan means for students and schools through our FAQs.
  • ESSA plan for ISBE
    The Illinois State Board of Education’s ESSA website is available here, including a full copy of the state’s plan.


  • Essence of ESSA Blog Series
    Coalition member, Advance Illinois, writes about how academic progress at Zion school shows promise of new system.
  • ESSA: A Better Recipe
    Learn more about the ingredients of ESSA in A Better Recipe. Coalition member, Stand for Children Illinois produced a video on the new law.
  • School Report Card
    Find important data about your school with the recently released Illinois School Report Card.